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03/12/2014

Meltemi - 11.Tag - Grauer Himmel Ãber der MELTEMI

Der Wind brachte die MELTEMI in den Nachtstunden ein wenig vom direkten Kurs nach St. Lucia ab. Dazu bescherte die Morgendämmerung der MELTEMI und der Wache Monika und Alexander eine heftige Suesswassrdusche, nachhaltig genug das Cockpit zu reinigen und die Segelanzuege zu testen. Aber es waehrte nicht lange bis der Wind wieder in unsere Richtung drehte, an Staerke zunahm und Ines mit einem Speed von 10,4 kn beinhahe die Topscorermarke erzielt hätte, wenn nicht Teamkollege Nils diese Marke mit 10,6 kn noch eingestellt haette... trotzdem redet man noch miteinander. Die Situation entschaerfte sich durch eine zwischenzeitliche Topspeed von Andreas mit 10,9 kn. Über den ganzen Tag blieb es grau und ab und zu regnete es kräftig.Andreas hat gestern erstmals auf diesem Toern die Essenswuensche. read more...


03/12/2014

Take Off - Conclusions after 9 days

Yesterdaywe celebrated 1350 NM with sparkling wine. Conclusions so far: Weatherforecast ?? Grib files? Does not relate much to reality. Forecast last 24h until now has been 13-18 kn. However we have been sailingin 25-30 kn during the whole night and still now in 22-25kn. Lesson to learn:sail were you are  Rig check: amazing how this constant pressure affects materials.Only after two days of sailing we had to reinforce the rudder installationdue to the fact  that the bolts were broken. So bigger wholes were drilledand bigger bolts i place. Thanks to Nils preparation of spare parts we are stillin the game. Finaly it has been a pretty tough start and continuing sailing these last 9days. We are really looking forward to more stable wind ! Nils is really longing for fishing! We too. read more...


03/12/2014

Weirkraken - Log Weir Kraken cont

Cato needs entertaining - Day 9When Archie was winched up the mast the hoist (we call it his nappy) had given him the "cool" idea of future diversions. So today he requested to be secured to the mast in his nappy and hung overboard on the side of the boat, where he spent a happy hour reading his book and taking photographs of us taking photographs of him. The Code Zero unfortunately got torn again during the night. We took it down straight away to prevent further damage allowing Rupert and Andy to hone their sticky tape skills. We have decided to store it away until the winds are a bit lighter and we can use it tactically nearer the finishing line.Weir Kracken is classed as a pleasure craft in the Arc. We would like to think of her as a sleek racing yatch. In fact we can however report. read more...


03/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Por fin, alisios sol y calor

Martes 2 / Miercoles 3 (10º día denavegación)   El tiempo es más estable y la mar también.Aprovechamos los roles de viento entre el día y la noche para trasluchar y tomarel bordo más favorable en nuestra ruta a Santa Lucía. Hemos pescadoun Guahoo (Peto) por la tarde. Y  por la noche un dorado de 4 o máskilos. Tenemos pescado abundante para hoy y mañana. A la noche nos hemos guiadopor Sirio para mantener rumbo durante un buen rato. La luna se va llenando elumina todo el campo visible La superficie del mar, es un espectáculo y el cielotambién. Es diferente a lo que vemos el resto del año en nuestra casa en latitud45º norte. La polar está mucho baja en el horizonte. El carro de la osa mayor,según la hora, puede estar muy bajo y no ser visible. Otras estrellas. read more...


03/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 9 First test of Parasailor

Today the seas calmed down enough to fly our new Parasailor. This a sail that has a horizontal slot cut across a spinnaker with parachute wing shaped structure inserted. This sail is amazing in that it can fly at many wind angles, including dead downwind, without a pole. We purchased a dealer demo unit in Las Palmas and have been waiting to try it. In very light winds 7.5 knots, it will move Frisco at 4.2 knots whereas all other sails would hang like sacks and stop movement.DSC00267 (1). read more...


03/12/2014

Reina - Log 11 WHAT DO WE HAVE FOR DINNER TODAY?

Tonight we have Sunday roast with vegetables, stuffed potatoes and creamy leek. For desert brownie with fudge and ice cream.” That’s what Chef Floss Cripps told us last Sunday. Yesterday we had pork stew with quinoa. The day before chicken curry with rice.Every day starts with a nice cup of tea with honey and yoghurt with muesli and fruit. For lunch sandwiches, ham + cheese toasted in the pan or pasta. Today we celebrated the fact that we passed the border of 1.000 miles with a delicious hamburger for lunch.Unfortunately we did not yet have sushi made from fresh tuna. Just because we cannot catch any fish. Reina is always going faster than 10 knots. We try to launch a lure and see it fly over the water. That’s not the way to catch a fish. So we are very lucky to have Floss aboard. Oh. read more...


Reina - Log 11 WHAT DO WE HAVE FOR DINNER TODAY?
Reina - Log 11 WHAT DO WE HAVE FOR DINNER TODAY?
03/12/2014

Aglaia -

What can I say about the last 24 hours then?Halfway point came and went very quickly with us now having just 1202 miles remaining to run having covered nearly 250 miles over that time.Now without a mainsail and just using two poled out headsails in 25 knots of wind we were very happy to spend the night surfing down waves at 15 knots and an over 10 knot average speed.Back to the halfway party now, as ever a very special meal was prepared and devoured in record time with eyes darting left and right to see who might not manage to finish the mountain of food in front of them.Marinated breast of chicken with herb crush potatoes and roasted Mediterranean vegatables followed by freshly baked rich chocolate cake.Luckily the sailing was very exciting through the night or we would have all passed. read more...


03/12/2014

Juno - A Minor Drama

We continue our fast passage across the Atlantic today, tracking just south of the greater circle route, with another 24 hour run of over 200 miles. All is well on board with everyone settled into the watch system and the routines of offshore sailing; and then we had a minor drama.I was down below answering emails when I was called up on deck. Sitting on the aft deck, Fatty had noticed a large red object being dragged just behind the boat, and a few metres further behind, something white being pulled along behind it.   We guessed that this was a fishing net that had got wrapped around the propeller and my first thought was that I would have to dive under the boat to cut it free. Now, at this stage we were making nine knots through a moderate sea four miles deep, in 15 knots of. read more...


03/12/2014

Cheri - Mittwoch, 3. Dez. 2014

Von Lueftungshutzen und StirnlampenAuf dem Deck der Cheri stehen vier Lueftungshutzen. Das sind etwa 30 cm hohe Trichter, welche den Wind einfangen und unter Deck leiten sollen, ohne dass Wasser eindringt. Leider werden sie immer auch fuer andere Zwecke missbraucht. Wenn man an Deck irgend etwas Kleines schnell und sicher verstauen will, bietet sich so ein Bonsai-Sousaphon buchstäblich an. So landet ein unglaubliches Sammelsurium von Gegenstaenden darin. Juergen raeumte sie gestern mal aus. Was da nicht alles zum Vorschein kam: Kameras, Sonnencreme, Waescheklammern, Taschenlampen, Gummibaerli, Sonnenbrillen usw. Als Juergen die vor sich ausgebreiteten Fundgegenstaende kopfschuettelnd betrachtete, meinte er: „Das ist ja schlimmer als in einer Damenhandtasche!“Gestern frueh war bekanntlich. read more...


03/12/2014

Pelican - pelican ferther ramberlings of the village idiot

Hi can any one out there explain why as you sit back chilling with gin andtonic in hand jollying along  at ten twelve knts with parasail along comesthe nasty fairy  and kicks you in the n...s ho   humm thats theway the mop flops. So last night squall rain an other squall more rain more windyou get the picture>Important stuff we are eating our last avercardo well thethe one the mouse had not  chewed ,veg on the way down not sure the samecan be said for some of the crew  at least they are movable ballast(wellsome are) lol got to go now lunch is served. read more...


03/12/2014

Juno - Life on Juno by Kez

With all this talk of the difference of having two girls as part of this crossing compared to two years ago (clean heads, delicacies for supper etc), I thought I might correct any impression that Fatty and I spend our time cleaning and cooking. In truth there is a very fair division of labour, with Paul a more than dab hand in the galley and Frewie was even caught yesterday baking bread. The best thing about being Mother for the day, and in total charge of all meals, washing up and cleaning the cockpit, is that for the next two days we can legitimately do nothing in the galley and just listen to the crashing of pots and pans without feeling in the slightest bit guilty. We have a very good routine with pretty much three hours on and six hours off throughout. Catching up on sleep is. read more...


03/12/2014

Juno - A day on the ARC on Juno by Paulus Windsor

It is perhaps the wrong approach but I can’t help drawing comparisons with my previous Atlantic crossing on Juno in 2012. It all comes flooding back – the bruising of various part of the body, sprained wrists from grabbing a rail at the last moment as we twist off the top of a wave and the plates, food and other accompaniments that are one moment securely placed on a table or work surface, are launched into midair on a port or starboard trajectory the next.However, some things are very different. The introduction of female crew members to replace Oxy, Andrew and Stephen has been a revelation. No longer are we able to leave the cleaning of heads until after the first week – it seems now to be of daily importance. In fact I find it easier to shower with the Jif cleaner as it enables me to. read more...


Juno - An unwelcome attachment
Juno - An unwelcome attachment
03/12/2014

Juno - Reaching under Spinnaker

It is 10pm Juno time and I am on watch until midnight. We are on a broad reach and I have rigged a new sheet on our big genoa that reeves around a block on the port quarter, allowing the clew of the sail to rise, opening up the slot between the mainsail and the genoa, improving our downwind speed by a precious fraction of a knot. I have realised that ocean sailing is a long game, not won by short sprints, but by sustaining above average boat speeds over the length of a passage.There is a big swell running from the north east tonight and I estimate the waves to be around four metres from trough to crest. The period between these waves is about twenty seconds; at 15 knots that’s around 100 metres from crest to crest. Even in the moonlight I can make out the rolling sweep of these lumbering. read more...


03/12/2014

Juno - Half Way

We have now covered almost 1,500 miles since we left Las Palmas a week ago, around half way to St Lucia. We celebrated this milestone last night with Dark and Stormies at happy hour, followed by chicken curry served with accompaniments created by Thermo, our high tech galley slave. This tropical mood has been brought on by a marked rise in temperature as we work our way south towards to the equator.When dinghy sailing, one tacks or gybes every few minutes; on a yacht in the Solent maybe once an hour in the rain; on Juno in the Atlantic we do this once a week and today was the big day. We have been heading west, or just south of west for the past week with the wind coming from the north east, filling our sails from the starboard side of the boat, hence the term starboard gybe. As the wind. read more...


03/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Less than 1000 to go!! Scarlet Day 10 Blog

Hi All!As of this morning we are now through the 1000dtg mark, this is good news asour distance to waypoint on our helm display cannot go beyond 999,unfortunately this display has succumbed to either heat exhaustion, or itperhaps drowned in one of yesterdays squalls!Our worthy adversaries on Captain Blind are sailing slightly quicker than wecan manage, and choosing similar angles, occasionally they will lift offmore to the S, but on balance we are trying to do the same thing ie sail aslow as we can with speed in these lighter winds.From their blogs itappears they are getting wound up by our apparent following tactics!We are sailing to our angles, as to do otherwise would give them anadvantage, it seems that both boats like the same angles!Hopefully afterrum in st Lucia they will cool. read more...


03/12/2014

Tinia - Day 9

The argument regarding the length of a nautical mile has just ended. Don't worry - only one of us claimed a nautical mile is less than a land mile. Lots of equations and numbers , times , dates etc being talked about.....all relating to a possible arrival date.We have decided to eat dinner later tonight - one fish caught already and hoping for another. Lost a nice one from the line this morning. 1000 miles gone2000 to goThe sky is aboveThe sea is belowAs is the chefWho's having a goAt saving the steakBut it's a no no *.(a poem by JW)*it was actually more like:'come on guys - its fine - what's wrong with you lot?' -'there's no way I'm eating that! - it stinks - get it overboard'. read more...


03/12/2014

EH01 - Zoom Zoom Zoom

Hola,After yesterday mornings fun and games we had a fantastic day and nights sailing. The winds have truly been in our favour over the last 24 hours with a constant 15-20 knots blowing at around 120 degrees off our port side. Pure GLAMOUR sailing.Yesterday evenings sunset was another to remember. The sun shining bright red through broken squalls gave us a stunning back drop whilst we were eating our dinner. I was trying to work out roughly how many sunrises and sunsets at sea I had seen yesterday... Its funny that no matter how many you get to see, you never get bored of them!As always the crew have been working hard keeping the spinnaker flying for over 48 hours now. This is harder than it sounds as its not just the trimming and driving that you need to be concerned about. Constant. read more...


03/12/2014

Jo - 20:01:26N 40:01:60W

Wednesday 3rd December2014 Whilst crossing the pond, we’vesigned up to assist a study into marine microplastics. You’ve probably heardabout concerns regarding micro and nano plastic particles entering the foodchain. There are huge areas of floating plastic (the size of small countries) inthe oceans which are slowly breaking down and releasing small particles ofplastic which then enter the food chain. Not enough is known about the extentand concentration of these particles and what effects they may have upon thefood chain. We are one of a number of boats in the ARC fleet who havevolunteered to take samples of sea water  every three days, noting date,time, sample ID, location (lat and long) wind speed wind direction and watertemperature. There is a strict methodology to the taking of. read more...


Jo - Our trade winds ‘barn door’ rig
Jo - Our trade winds ‘barn door’ rig
03/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 9. Tag auf See

Unser Etmal war super - 189 nm in 24 Stunden - zwar bei 22 - 28 Knoten Wind in der Nacht, aber leider einer unruhigen Welle, so dass wir überwiegend gerefft fahren mussten. Die rechnerische Durchschnittsdistanz von Gran Canaria nach St. Lucia beträgt 2700 nm. Heute Nacht haben wir uns auf unter 1350 nm genähert, also theoretische Halbzeit.Einige fragen sich, warum wir nicht einfach auf direktem Kurs nach St Lucia segeln. Das hängt nicht nur mit der Suche nach dem besten Windbereichen zusammen, sondern auch mit dem Umstand, dass ein Segelschiff mit Wind direkt von hinten - platt vor dem Laken - langsamer ist, also versucht man, vor dem Wind zu kreuzen.Das Leben auf dem Schiff wird immer mehr zum Alltag.Kochen und Brot backen gehört zu den Highlights. Unsere Vorräte sind noch reichlich. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 9. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 9. Tag auf See
03/12/2014

Lancelot II - Dec 3rd Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   Hows everyone doing? Hope you are writing us all lots of lovely messagescos we want to hear from you – send them to info@sailinglogic.co.uk and they’llget to the boat. Thanks Sophie – we are also looking forwards to seeing in youin the bar! Thanks Peter, Kat, Robert and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lizzie!   Last night was a looooooooooooong night. We dropped the kite at dusk andwere under the No 3 and Full main for the night as we had squall cloud aftersquall cloud roll us. Cue lots of very tired and grumpy sailors and wet kiteverywhere. Good breeze though and we were bombing along, sometimes even in theright direction. David won the nights round of ‘Top Speed’ with 14.9 knots –sounded like we were exploding from my bunk inside the boat.   Anyway, now the wind. read more...


03/12/2014

Monomotapa - 3 Decemeber

Monomotapa 3 DecemberThe opposite watch to Giuliano's watchhave all agreed that he needs steering lessons after waking us all up during a mad spinnaker roller coaster ride. We ride the spinnaker during the days but go to butterfly rigging during the night in order to get any sleep at all. Or we will try to run the spinnaker as long as there is moonlight.It is reasonable challenge to do it with moonlight but without, we run the risk of breaking the rigging of the boat. When flying the spinnaker yesterday we had an unfortunate accident, the wind caught the spinnaker in the bag with the lines attached. As the spinnaker was being blown over the side we had no option but to haul the sail up to avoid any damage to the sail on the side of the boat dragged along by the water. During hauling up. read more...


03/12/2014

Reberth - PS

Of course, arrival time is all weather dependent!!!. read more...


03/12/2014

Reberth - One more night!!

This blog is meant to be used to tell those who read it about our trials and triumphs.!! There have been some of each on this trip. This mornings’ disaster was the pancakes for breakfast. Not the best I have to say but they were devoured, with the crispy bacon and maple syrup. The highlight of the morning were the dolphins swimming at the bow.If any family members are reading this they will know that we tend to come up with song titles for events, well, I think you can get the picture from the email title. All being well we will reach landfall tomorrow, Thursday, during daylight hours, after, we hope, a starry starry night. Last night saw the ocean flatten out from the rolls and we had a lovely smooth sail after some motoring. We are sailing!! On that note, its goodbye for now.one more. read more...


Reberth - One more night!!
Reberth - One more night!!
03/12/2014

Exody - Day 23- 2nd December - Welcome to Scotland !

But for the cabin temperature at close to 30 degrees celsius, the whole day could have been somewhere in northwestern Europe in our home waters - solid grey sky, rain, much cloud, little or no sun - the cockpit seats did not dry for the day!Along with one other boat Meise - 30/40 miles behind us we seem to have got lucky with a path between the squalls delivering a consistent patch of good easterly winds 15-20 knots for most of the day. Mate and crew got soaked on the early morning watches, including sterling foredeck work by Marian recovering our loose luffed yankee - a challenge to catch it and not dump it in the sea!We've been on genny alone ever since as it gives more flexibility to deal with windshifts.The forecast had been for an 'easing' of the trade winds so we had been. read more...


03/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 9 03/12

Day 9 03/12Position 1200: 19* 39' 50N 041* 29'07W Daily Run: 169Nm Distance to Waypoint: 1164Nm  Day 9 started off wonderful. We were doing goodspeed and direction and could take a day off from the kite. At 6pm we set theclocks back an hour (for the second time) and used the bonus hour to gettogether and celebrate being halfway to our destination. Full and content,Starboard watch went to bed and Port watch went on duty. Two hours in theweather took a drastic turn for the worse, as if to remind us that 'halfway' isjust another word for smack bang in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. But wecame prepared, of course, and sailed on through the night in pouring rain andwind speeds up to 30 knots (full foulies once again necessary). There's still noopening in the clouds but we keep. read more...


03/12/2014

Asylum - Day 14

This is our 14th day at sea and we are at the point in the journey where "are we there yet?" is a common thought.Much like driving home from a long road trip when about 60 miles away it seems like the car actually decelerates and the last miles feel like a crawl all the way home. We still have at least 250 miles to go, but feels like we should be there by now.The days, since our last post 10 days ago, have been much the same routine.We have been able to make good headway until the last couple of days when the wind has been lighter, but the seas more comfortable.On Sunday the 30th, we rehoisted our parasailor after we had patched a rip from the previous day.That did not prove to be a good move on our part.She was flying well, but within an hour, the stress on the patches proved to be too. read more...


03/12/2014

Philocat Ena - Carribean Temperatures

The sea is getting warmer by the mile and with outside temperatures of above90 there is no denying that we are getting closer to the Carribean.I am already regretting not having installed an air conditioning system onthe boat. Although my NY friends an colleagues keep complaining that I willnever be a true American when I am shivering in a cool-climate NY office-may be I am infected after all with the New York Virus ;-)Have to go now, ocean calling!Peter20141203_123507. read more...


Philocat Ena - Carribean Temperatures
Philocat Ena - Carribean Temperatures
03/12/2014

Thula - day 10

By the beginning of the 10th (in fact it’s the 9th day as I am writing about yesterday) day, the glorious day of our mountain celebration, Thula had steered right into a large (meteorological) low, giving us heavy rain for a several hours straight. Instead of taking up our usual daytime activities – tanning, fishing, looking out for whales, dolphins etc. – those of us not on watch suddenly found themselves confined to the inside of the boat. While the outer deck on sunny days usually resembles a seal colony, with solitary, pairs and groups of seals scattered on the deck, permanently on the lookout for warm, sunny patches, the interior of the boat on bad weather days reminded me more of a rabbit hole. Whichever cabin you entered you were able to spot in a corner another rabbit quietly. read more...


Helen - Big dog day
Helen - Big dog day
03/12/2014

Lande Catty Sark - appunti di navigazione del nono giorno

Inizia il decimo giorno!!! Fattecirca 1800 miglia Questi ultimi due giorni sonostati impegnati a bordeggiare di poppa e seppure le medie sono state buone lastrada fatta non è stata tantissima. Ma speriamo che la scelta di restare a nordsia quella giusta perché dovrebbe ruotare ancora a Est-Sud est consentendoci diandare dritti alla meta.In queste ultime 24 ore nulla dirilevante: I groppi sono apparsi solo in lontananza e speriamo solo che abbianorallentato qualche avversario, di rilevante un cambio di gennaker per lanecessità di riparare uno strappetto sulla balumina. Per il resto vento sui15-18 kn che da 80° lentamente ruota sui 100-110°. Rileggendo quanto scritto ieri cirendiamo conto che potrebbe trasparire una tensione ed un pericolo che a bordoche assolutamente non esistono. Invece. read more...


03/12/2014

Philocat Ena - timezones

As there are no more sails left to destroy we have some time now forthinking and writing.I am often on postings abroad, especially in NY, and everybody who hastravelled trough different time zones knows that the rapid time differencecan be quite exhausting. On the boat, however, the time zone change is verysubtile. Everyday the sun rises and sets a little bit later and the entirecrew gets used to this time difference automatically, without even realisingit. We just sleep a little longer everyday.It is a nice experience to make this East-West trip finally in real time.. read more...


Thula - whale watch
Thula - whale watch
Thula - half way!
Thula - half way!
03/12/2014

Paroya - Log Day 14 Männer und Backen

Tja der Ruhetag ist vorbei, heute wurde nach 24h Pause ohne Gross das Hauptsegel wieder gesetzt. Rechtzeitig für eine frische Brise aus SE! Nun sind wir wieder flott unterwegs und hoffen, dass das auch so bleiben wird. Aktuell sind es noch 350sm bis nach St. Lucia. sollte also in den nächsten zwei bis drei Tagen drin liegen. Motor ist heute wieder angesprungen und alles hat geklappt, sieht so aus, dass nach all den Tiefs, langsam wieder besser wird. Na ja in St. Lucia müssen wir einiges an Segelklebeband besorgen, oder besser gleich die Segellöcher professionell flicken lassen.Wir sind eine reine Männercrew und in Bezug auf Backen und so, frisches Brot z.B. hatten wir schon unsere bedenken, ob wir das hinkriegen. Nach all den lukullischen Fleisch und Fischgerichten haben wir uns dann an. read more...


03/12/2014

Louise - Blog 7 - 9th Day at Sea

Quiet day with daily routines and no big surprises.We are still without our genua but hopefully the weather conditions oftomorrow will allow us to get it fixed and up again. We do miss having our goodhelper, the two other sails are doing ok, but the other boats are gaining on us,have passed us .... we are not competitive ...... we just want to get a littlemore speed and cross the finish line in time, and not as the last one. Guess you have started celebrating Christmas. I have Sanat on board but heis a bit sea-sick so we have left him in his cabin together with his littlehelper, but they will be fine once we get to St. Lucia. We have had a little sun today and enjoyed eating “Aebleflaesk” (Danishdish with apples and bacon) on deck, and Jan used his sextant, he is good at it,his positions. read more...


03/12/2014

Philocat Ena - is blue the right color?

Sven and Franziska invested a full day's work to fix the blue kite and wecould hoist it shortly before sunset. Everything was perfect, ship in fastmotion. But winds increased considerably. 12, 15, 17, 18 kts - even 20 - howstrong is the tape? We decided not to take any chances and took it down inwind and rain and darkness - journey never short of adventure. After threeminutes the wind stopped completely. Thus up again, blue is the colour ofthe night - you wish! Soaked with rain water the sail was down again beforecounting to ten. So no kite sailing for us anymoreand 800nm to go.Attached all the destroyed sail garbage ...20141203_130453. read more...


Philocat Ena - is blue the right color?
Philocat Ena - is blue the right color?
03/12/2014

Makena - Meet Luc and Sarah

November 30, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon: 246 miles to go14° 09.7' N56° 44.8' WEarly thismorning a new boat came on the scene. Alia Vita must have been making a great run and was poised to take the lead. After breakfast, we put up the mainsail and spinnaker. Wind was up and sailing was perfect. We were hitting 10+ knots and loving the sailing. New boat, new sails, we believe that we are finally getting the sails dialed in. We moved the clocks forward another hour and the boat is now on St. Lucia time. We know that we will be arriving sometime tomorrow, hopefully well before midnight. We are getting a few signs of nearing land--Philippe was caught taking pictures of boobies. As the crew hovered around zooming in on the pictures, we came to the. read more...


Makena - Meet Luc and Sarah
Makena - Meet Luc and Sarah
03/12/2014

Vagaris - Parasailor up at last

Hooray, blue skies this morning, 12-14 knots gradient trade wind directly from behind, clouds a long way off on the horizon. Time to put the parasailor up. My morning began in the middle of the night as Steve woke me because he'd been tracking a couple of big squalls on the radar. This looked like the real deal - big and menacing and bold on the radar screen - so we reefed down from our nighttime default of 1 reef and staysail to 2 reefs and staysail and started to track and see if we could dodge the worst of it. Fortunately after a bit of brain aching with vectors and radar tracking we altered our course a couple of times and it thankfully slipped through behind us. An hour later Steve wasn't so lucky, as one bore down on him and hit him with a near-instantaneous 90° wind shift but. read more...


03/12/2014

Vagaris - Rainy with some downwind sailing at last

We've just had a slightly better day, and persevered with the Parasailor through persistent mini-squalls,Conveniently, our chartplotter gives us a wind shift alarm, which is really good for a few minutes warning. We're finding we have to turn up to about 140, tighten the windward guy and sheet, snuff the Parasailor and drop it all within the 4 or 5 minutes warning the shift gives us. We're getting used to it, but now I need us to start estimating the strength of the "squalls" and toughing some out without dropping everything as we lose a lot of time not running the Parasailor in between squall clouds. We tended to spend a lot of time waiting for the wind to drop to a mutually acceptable level.I don't think we've actually experienced proper squalls yet either, just a succession of mini. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 03/12 - Half way party

After a slow start to the morning, the wind pickedup and we had a good 24 hour sail of 170 miles. Weather has been mixed, a lot ofwarm sunshine but also some heavy showers. Fishing reached a crescendo duringthe afternoon when both rods were in action and we caught 3 quite big Dorado,around 5-6kg each....one of which fought so hard, he snapped our gaff intwo. The evening saw us crack a bottle of champagne tocelebrate reaching the halfway mark to St Lucia....and also to recognise theanniversary of the sending of the first text message back in 1992....whateverdid we do before then?! Back in the Caribbean theme, it is also the anniversaryof the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, when he was shot twice in1976. Our problem with chafe has recurred and we spent acouple of hours this morning. read more...


03/12/2014

Tinia - Day 8

Rolly polly business last night that made sleeping tricky , even captain Lovely's palatial surroundings could not defend him from the heave ho. More fish caught today - unable to identify them with total accuracy but they went very well in Tom Yum soup. Breads in the oven - big up the Lidl ready mix. Conversations taking place on decks regarding the dangers of eating rotten meat as the fridge hovers a centimeter off the floor. Water temp is 27 degrees and we all got in the sea today -wonderful. The morning started with a songBut alas the chicken we kept too longAn odour huge oh such a pong Now in a fish - thank God its gone.A poem not by JW. (he had writer's block today). read more...


03/12/2014

King's Legend - Alone at sea

Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd December 2014Alone at sea2.600 miles is a long way before we will see land again and to be alone atsea.Today, as Michel mentioned in his blog, we are virtually half way! Reasonenough to celebrate this moment of joy with a good glass of wine our firstzip of alcohol in more then a week. To be honest, it didn’t taste thatwell. In the moment I promised myself to lessen my alcohol intake in thefuture for health’ sake. So, no rum upon arrival for me in St. Lucia (wellthis could be my in THE moment convincement!)Because of reaching this halfway milestone we were all in a good mood andwe hoisted the spinnaker. After a lot of preparation and a lot of checksand double checks we succeeded. Downwind, 20 knots of wind, sunshine, itwas perfect. In the late afternoon we took. read more...